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Brother-hl-2040.271283
5.8 out of 10

Brother HL-2040

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Reviews and Problems with Brother HL-2040

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Overall 5
5.0

"good at printing, archaic lights for problems"

jayjay8382, CNET
27 January 2009
  • Pros: inexpensive, home printer
  • Cons: poor paper feed, archaic lights for problems
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Overall 5
5.0

"Problem reverse printing thin paper; no rear exit door for straight-through feeding."

stevendom, CNET
26 April 2008
  • Pros: Cost, speed
  • Cons: Reverse printing, paper curl, no rear exit door
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Overall 6
6.0

"Good home printer"

jturnerspfld, CNET
30 March 2008
Overall 6
6.0

Mixed Affections

John Fowler, Amazon
10 December 2007
  • Summary: We got this printer to cut down on the expense we were incurring with inkjet printers. By making it the default, and only switching to the inkjet when we NEEDED color, we have saved a fortune already. Also, this printer is fast and seems to be pretty reliable (we've had it 10 months with no hassles.) All of that would normally cause me to give it a five-star rating. However.... Trying to use the manual feed is a nightmare.
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Overall 6
6.0

basic

Eli A, pcRUSH.com
4 June 2007
  • Summary: Comments about Brother HL-2040: This printer is fine for printing text on regular 20 lb paper, but don't expect too much more than that. If you need to print labels or envelopes,each one has to be hand fed into the manual feeder, which is flimsy and doesn't always guide the paper in straight. It will not print heavier weight papers very well...
  • Pros: Efficient, Fast
  • Cons: Noisy
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Overall 6
6.0

Quality prints but pages curl

Cleveland guy, Amazon
16 October 2006
  • Summary: The print quality is really nice (I have only used it to print text), but the pages curl no matter how thick or thin the paper. I've used cheap copy paper and expensive 30-pound resume paper, all with equal curling. It's kinda noisy when printing, quiets down right after it finishes, and then goes completely silent about 15 minutes after the last page is printed. I use mine for economical home printing since I print a lot.
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Overall 5
5.0

"Power Sucker, lights dimmed every 30 seconds"

beckyangell, CNET
27 July 2006
  • Pros: I'm sure the quality is good, but I never tried it. I had to return it before use.
  • Cons: Very demanding power supply. The lights in our office would dim every time it had to sync up or clean. No other laser printer I have owned has done this in the past.
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Overall 6
6.0

"Appears To Be Good Value For Money"

jwallach, CNET
22 April 2006
  • Pros: Easy to install; actually comes with printed instructions. Fast. Print quality is good and small footprint.
  • Cons: A bit noisy, and paper does curl a bit
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Overall 6
6.0

A lot faster than the HL-1440

bob, Amazon
22 November 2005
  • Summary: I just upgraded from an HL-1440 which died a sudden death last night -- the sheet feeder broke. This one is a little noiser, seems a little flimsier, but boy is it a lot faster. For a $110 -- if I get one year out of it, I figure I'll be money ahead.
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Overall 5
5.0

"Cheap, lowbrow tool"

howerk, CNET
20 November 2005
  • Pros: Cheap, reasonably fast
  • Cons: Way too loud! Emits toner cartridge odor. Starter toner cartridge is very skimpy. Paper really curls a lot.
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